Are you done drying your tears after watching Avengers: Infinity War? Then you’re ready to start talking and thinking about what’s next when Avengers 4 rolls around next May. And most important of all: will Loki return in Avengers 4?
***spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War past this point***
So, you might be thinking, “Hey, didn’t Loki get his neck snapped?” Well sure, and as pointed out by his brother Thor (Chris Hemsworth), it certainly seemed like it was a real death, vs the one that happened in Thor: The Dark World. Thanos (Josh Brolin) said the same while brutally murdering the god who used to be his lieutenant.
But Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is the God of Mischief after all. He could have been pulling a fast one. So will Loki return in Avengers 4, or not? We’ve got your answer, but you’re going to have to be ready for some potential spoilers. Ready?
Yes, Loki will return in Avengers 4.
Or at least, some shots snapped of the Avengers 4 set showed some interesting scenes you might recognize from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Specifically, we’ve seen scenes that look like they take place during and after the Battle for New York, as it occurred in Marvel’s The Avengers.
That includes the scene towards the end of the movie with Loki in muzzle and chains, as Thor takes him back to Asgard for punishment.
The question you should be asking, though, isn’t “will Loki return in Avengers 4,” it’s “how will Loki return in Avengers 4?”
Let’s break down some possible theories:
1. It’s a flashback
Pretty straightforward, but maybe we’ll be zooming through MCU history in the movie. Makes sense, as this is the true culmination of a decade of movies (sorry, Infinity War ad campaign). So we could see alternate takes on the scenes, other viewpoints, extended moments, etc. But otherwise, just a straight flashback and Loki is still dead.
2. It’s an alternate reality
One theory Vanity Fair‘s excellent Joanna Robinson is pushing pretty heavily is that Thanos didn’t just wipe out 50% of the population in Infinity War — those folks never existed in the first place. Meaning he wiped them out retroactively. Meaning, we’ll see a new history for the MCU where Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and more were never around.
This is mostly based on Thanos’ line to Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.): “I hope they remember you.” Meaning once Thanos eliminates 50% of the population in the universe, will they even know Tony? Will he disappear with them?
And as this applies to Loki, not only could it mean AU flashback sequences, it could also mean things turn out differently, and he won’t have died after all.
3. It’s a dream
We’ve seen Scarlet Witch’s (Elizabeth Olson) power invade people’s minds with dreams before, in Avengers: Age of Ultron. What if she’s managed to keep herself intact despite turning to dust, and is reaching out to the remaining folks with memories of what happened before? I dunknow.
4. It’s a trick
It would be pretty apropos of Loki if the makers of Avengers 4 created some fake scenes to trick fans, right? Also, very, very sad.
So will Loki be back full time after Avengers 4? Maybe, maybe not. But we’ll get at least one more chance to see our favorite half-giant.
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